Posted by News Express | 4 October 2017 | 3,893 times
The Presidency has dismissed the claims, in some quarters, that President Muhammadu Buhari during his days as Military Head of State, spurned the candidacy of a Nigerian of Igbo extraction, Ambassador Onu, and voted in 1983 for Idi Oumarou of Niger Republic to become the Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union (AU).
Responding to the claims, which have refused to die down, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday: “This is utter falsehood. An unwritten convention in the OAU, now African Union, had been that the “big five countries”, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, South Africa and Libya, would stay away from leading the organisation as Secretary General and now Chairperson. The logic, which is not far-fetched, was to reassure smaller countries that they will not be subject to the will of their bigger brother-nations. This had remained so until recently when South Africa broke with the tradition to have Madam Ndilama Zuma elected as Chairperson of the AU.
Although Nigeria’s Ambasador Onu was the most Senior Assistant Secretary-General who acted as the Secretary General leading to the election, he was not a candidate in that election which threw up Idi Oumarou.
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